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'Aida' closes Met Opera's Summer Encore season

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 9:00 AM
A scene from The Met Opera’s performance of Verdi’s ‘Aida’.

Aida closes The Met Opera's Summer Encore 2015 season this Sunday at Palace Cineplex. This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is, in essence, an intimate love story.

Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radames, the Egyptian warrior they both love.

Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike.